Restaurant reviews

A cup of fresh brisket baked beans from Jeff's Texas Style BBQ. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Baked beans like no other — and you can make them at home

Jeff Knoch, owner of Jeff’s Texas Style BBQ in Marysville, shares the secrets behind his killer baked beans.

 

The Razzle-Dazzle Milk Punch ($14) at LJ's Bistro in Lake Stevens, with elderberry gin, raspberry, Pimm's and green tea. Friday, April 29, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

For a bite of spring, head to LJ’s Bistro in Lake Stevens

This restaurant is serious about delicious food, creative cocktails and fun times.

 

Khao poon katee at Thai on Main Street Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Funky, fresh: Monroe restaurant serves up traditional Lao dishes

Thai on Main Street is serving up fried beef jerky, minced pork, papaya salad and other Lao delicacies.

 

Catalyst Cafe in Everett carries gluten-free breads and other baked goods from Shambala Ancient Grain Bakery & Bistro in Mount Vernon, including this herbed garlic sourdough. Customers can place an order through Catalyst Cafe and pick up right in Everett. Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Taylor Goebel/The Herald.

These local baked goods lack gluten, but not flavor

Here are four Snohomish County-area purveyors that specialize in gluten-free menu items.

Catalyst Cafe in Everett carries gluten-free breads and other baked goods from Shambala Ancient Grain Bakery & Bistro in Mount Vernon, including this herbed garlic sourdough. Customers can place an order through Catalyst Cafe and pick up right in Everett. Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Taylor Goebel/The Herald.
Bantaba in Lynnwood serves up West African dishes like benachin. Also known as jollof rice, the popular Gambian dish is vibrant red from the use of tomatoes and spices. Bantaba serves theirs with a choice of fish ($11), beef ($12) or lamb ($13). Thursday, March 10, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald) 20220315

Hearty West African cuisine in Lynnwood

Bantaba will make you feel right at home with portions so big that leftovers are a given.

Bantaba in Lynnwood serves up West African dishes like benachin. Also known as jollof rice, the popular Gambian dish is vibrant red from the use of tomatoes and spices. Bantaba serves theirs with a choice of fish ($11), beef ($12) or lamb ($13). Thursday, March 10, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald) 20220315
Carolina Smoke in Bothell offers down-home barbecue comfort

Carolina Smoke in Bothell offers down-home barbecue comfort

During the shutdown, take home an order of restaurant owner David Hayward’s brisket, pulled pork, ribs and sides.

Carolina Smoke in Bothell offers down-home barbecue comfort
Check out the Korean corn dog craze at Seoul Hotdog in Lynnwood

Check out the Korean corn dog craze at Seoul Hotdog in Lynnwood

This grab-and-go eatery is the first in Snohomish County that serves the popular hot dog on a stick.

Check out the Korean corn dog craze at Seoul Hotdog in Lynnwood
You can’t miss this colorful new Mexican restaurant in Everett

You can’t miss this colorful new Mexican restaurant in Everett

A bold paint job helps Sol de Mexico stand out at the corner of Hewitt Avenue and Broadway.

You can’t miss this colorful new Mexican restaurant in Everett
Come to Lynnwood’s Pho Country House for comfort in a bowl

Come to Lynnwood’s Pho Country House for comfort in a bowl

This family-owned eatery at the H Mart food court serves 15 types of pho, Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls and more.

Come to Lynnwood’s Pho Country House for comfort in a bowl
Relax with Korean-inspired comfort food at uu in Everett

Relax with Korean-inspired comfort food at uu in Everett

The stylish new downtown restaurant is an inviting place to unwind for lunch or dinner.

Relax with Korean-inspired comfort food at uu in Everett
Mo’s brings the spirit of Sbarro back to the mall food court

Mo’s brings the spirit of Sbarro back to the mall food court

If you have fond memories of the once-ubiquitous pizza chain, help yourself to one of Mo Pizza’s slices.

Mo’s brings the spirit of Sbarro back to the mall food court
Lynnwood’s Modoo surprises with appetizers, delicious dessert

Lynnwood’s Modoo surprises with appetizers, delicious dessert

The newly opened family-run restaurant offers a robust menu of authentic cuisine.

Lynnwood’s Modoo surprises with appetizers, delicious dessert
Edmonds’ Wonton Noodle House serves authentic Chinese fare

Edmonds’ Wonton Noodle House serves authentic Chinese fare

The restaurant on Highway 99 serves a dizzying variety of appetizers, soups and house specials.

Edmonds’ Wonton Noodle House serves authentic Chinese fare
Delicious pizzas emerge from this Bothell eatery’s huge oven

Delicious pizzas emerge from this Bothell eatery’s huge oven

The Brick Oven Pizza Lounge, which recently opened next to McMenamin’s, offers a wide selection of Italian food.

Delicious pizzas emerge from this Bothell eatery’s huge oven
Kindred Kitchen’s menu includes all-day breakfast in Everett

Kindred Kitchen’s menu includes all-day breakfast in Everett

The new cafe on Broadway is an arm of Housing Hope, a nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty.

Kindred Kitchen’s menu includes all-day breakfast in Everett
Wait is over for new Mexican restaurant in downtown Edmonds

Wait is over for new Mexican restaurant in downtown Edmonds

Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina has sibling eateries in Shoreline, Totem Lake and Renton Highlands.

Wait is over for new Mexican restaurant in downtown Edmonds
Top restaurants: The Herald’s 10 best places to eat from 2019

Top restaurants: The Herald’s 10 best places to eat from 2019

Here is a list of our favorite restaurants to dine out in Snohomish County this year.

Top restaurants: The Herald’s 10 best places to eat from 2019
Expect a friendly greeting with your grub at Gyro House

Expect a friendly greeting with your grub at Gyro House

The south Everett eatery’s nothing fancy, but you’ll be made to feel right at home.

Expect a friendly greeting with your grub at Gyro House
Breakfast sandwiches and biscuits and gravy — done right

Breakfast sandwiches and biscuits and gravy — done right

Biscuit & Bean, a longtime Seattle favorite, opens an outpost in Lake Stevens.

Breakfast sandwiches and biscuits and gravy — done right
The side dishes are a Filipino treat at Gracie’s Cuisine

The side dishes are a Filipino treat at Gracie’s Cuisine

The siopao and lumpias are simply superb at Everett’s new Filipino-American restaurant.

The side dishes are a Filipino treat at Gracie’s Cuisine